Baby Iberian lynx born in the Silves reproduction centre

100th lynx born in Silves reproduction centre released in Andalusia

Sustainability of species already assured

The 100th lynx born at the National Iberian Lynx Reproduction Centre (CNRLI), in Silves, was released today in Sierra Arana, Andalusia (Spain), to mark World Wildlife Day.

The statement from the ICNF (institute for nature conservation and forests) did not reveal the gender of the 100th lynx, but a short clip on the ICNF facebook page follows those first delighted moments of complete freedom.

The ICNF statement also explains how in less than 15 years the work of the centre has changed everything for the Iberian Lynx.

In 2009, when the centre was inaugurated, the lynx was considered “one of the most endangered feline species in the world”. It is still “one of the most threatened”, but with 31 reproductive females now living wild, the population is at last considered sustainable.

According to the ICNF, survival of the Iberian Lynx no longer depends on annual releases of several specimens born in captivity. But that does not mean work stops, or even slows down.

Four volunteers sought for March – May in Silves

The CNRLI currently has four vacancies for volunteers, to work for a minimum of three months (March to May). Accommodation is provided, along with a daily food allowance. See the Lince Ibérico (Lynx pardinus) SOS Facebook page for more details.